James Hardy (sailor)

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James Hardy
Born James Gilbert Hardy
20 November 1932 (1932-11-20) (age 84)
Seacliff, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Winemaker

Sir James Gilbert Hardy OBE AASA (born 20 November 1932) is an Australian winemaker and businessman who is also noted for his yachting achievements.


A descendant of the South Australian winemaker Thomas Hardy, James Hardy was born at Seacliff, South Australia on 20 November 1932.[1]

His father, Tom Mayfield Hardy, who was appointed chairman and managing director of Thomas Hardy and Sons in 1924, was one of those killed near Mount Dandenong on 25 October 1938 in the crash of the plane "Kyeema". Tom Hardy was a noted sailor, associated with the yacht Nerida at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron.[2]

Hardy was educated at Brighton Primary School, St. Peter's College and the South Australian Institute of Technology. On leaving school, he spent two years share farming at Port Vincent, South Australia, then joined the family wine company Thomas Hardy and Sons in 1953, working as a shipping clerk. He then served as Sales Supervisor from 1957 to 1961, then as Regional Director for the Eastern States of Australia, when he and his family moved permanently to Sydney with a residence at Manly.[3] He was appointed chairman in 1981 and non-executive director in 1992 when it merged to become BRL Hardy Wine Company.


A renowned world champion yachtsman, Hardy represented Australia at two Olympic Games (1964 in Tokyo and 1968 in Mexico City), skippered three America’s Cup challenges (in 1970, 1974 and 1980),[4] and competed in four Admiral's Cup Ocean Racing Championships.

Public service[edit]

Hardy has served 25 years on the executive committee of the Neurosurgical Research Foundation of South Australia

He was Chair of the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee for 8 years

He is a former Chairman of the Landcare Foundation.


In 1975, in recognition of his contribution to sailing and the community, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[5]

In 1981 he was invested a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II, for services to yachting.[6]

In 1994, Hardy was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame.[4]

In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.[7]

He was Chairman of Sydney's Australia Day Regatta, serving from 2004 until 2011, and is a patron of numerous organizations and charities.[8]


Hardy married Anne Christine Jackson on 29 December 1956. They had two sons:

  • David Ponder Hardy
  • Richard James Hardy


  1. ^ ABC, Talking Heads. Retrieved 3 May 2015
  2. ^ "Yachting.". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 18 November 1938. p. 14. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Barnier, Cheryl Notable Australians Paul Hamlyn Limited, Sydney 1978 ISBN 0 86832 0129
  4. ^ a b "Sir James Hardy, 1994 Inductee". Herreshoff Marine Museum. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  5. ^ It's an Honour: OBE, accessed 16 January 2013
  6. ^ It's an Honour: Knight Bachelor, accessed 16 January 2013
  7. ^ It's an Honour: Australian Sports Medal, accessed 16 January 2013
  8. ^ CML Partners, accessed 23 July 2012